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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday dismissed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s plea against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) verdict in the banned funding case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and comprising Justices Miangul Hasan and Bobar Sattar delivered the verdict on January 11 after hearing arguments from both sides.

In August last year, the top electoral body issued a notice to the Imran Khan-led party after the PTI received funds from banned sources. The ECP said in its decision, PTI received funds from businessman Arif Naqvi and 34 foreign nationals. It is further said that the party owned eight accounts and kept 16 accounts hidden.

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In the judgement, the apex court declared the election inspector’s notice legal and rejected the PTI’s petition.

In its petition, the PTI claimed that the election authority had termed it a “foreign-aided” party and termed the declaration filed by PTI chief Imran Khan in the case as false. He also alleged that the ECP was targeting the PTI in the case.

During earlier hearings, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq noted that the ECP had only made an “observation” in its decision, adding that if PTI presented evidence to prove its funding was legal, the decision should be modified accordingly.


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